Reportedly, former waiter Eugene Gibbons filed a lawsuit alleging that coworkers at Babbo, "smacked his buttocks on a weekly basis, repeatedly grabbed his genitals, and made crude sexual comments."
Gibbons claims that both Batali and business partner Joe Bastianich knew of the harassment and did nothing; "by their inaction the two chefs condoned the campaign of humiliation," the lawsuit claims. Batali and Bastianich are not named as co-defendants.
This legal issue follows three other lawsuits from Batali employees alleging that Batali restaurant management was skimming tips, among other wage violations.
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